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A Time for Reflection—A Message of Peace: Patriotism Questioned

Up until the outbreak of World War I, the roster of Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians had primarily been European since…

A Time for Reflection—A Message of Peace: Before U.S. Involvement

In the years leading up to the United States entering World War I, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra gave a number…

A Time for Reflection—A Message of Peace: The Great War

On June 28, 1914, heir-apparent to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie, Duchess…

Hail to the chiefs: Five facts about ‘President’s Own’ U.S. Marine Band

“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, the nation’s oldest continuously active professional music ensemble, makes a rare visit to…

Music in a time of war

From the music it plays to the sentiments of its members, an orchestra makes a powerful statement about patriotism. During…

Russian bass Alexey Tikhomirov considers Muti an ‘artistic father’

Russian bass Alexey Tikhomirov has built an international operatic and concert career, regularly appearing at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow…

Yevtushenko on ‘Babi Yar,’ Shostakovich and the birth of a symphony

The poetry of Yevgeny Yevtushenko inspired one of the greatest works by Dmitri Shostakovich: his Symphony No. 13 (Babi Yar)….

How the aftermath of World War I influenced the music of a generation

Like every facet of society, the classical-music world was profoundly marked by World War I. English composer George Butterworth, who…

CSO to observe centennial of 1918 Armistice with special programming

To mark the centennial of the 1918 Armistice, which ended World War I, then regarded as “the war to end…

Complete schedule of concerts for a Season of Peace

Throughout the 2018-19 season, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association and Symphony Center Presents will offer programming with timeless messages of…

‘The President’s Own’ band prepares Chicago touches for its concert here

When it performs later this month at Orchestra Hall, “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band will have a strong Chicago flavor…

A Time for Reflection—A Message of Peace